Travel News and Deals – July 21, 2009 – Evading Bandits, Disabled Travelers, Travel Insurance, Female Solo Travelers

by brian on July 21, 2009

Travel news and deals of interest to YOU from around the Web compiled and edited by
If you know any great travel stories or tips we all should read, please send it to me and I will put an acknowledgment of your contribution in the posting.

goPostal – PrintYourLife

Thanks to loyal reader Karen for the info!
Downloadable app for your iPhone that allows you to create postcards from your pictures straight from the phone. $1.29 per card including printing, postage and delivery. No international postage delivery however, only US for now.

Cum Laude in Evading Bandits

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof shares his tips for traveling into “rougher countries”. The comments are also very helpful, gathering the experience of the well traveled readers of the Times.

11 Budget Travel Tips for Disabled Travelers

You don’t hear much about disabled travelers, and I am glad to share this link. Travel should be accessible anyone and everyone who wants to experience it.

Live Well, Get Miles

Frequent flier miles are getting harder to get and harder to redeem. This article attempts to show how to get more miles by selling your home, shopping with certain companies, and opening bank accounts.

Left behind laptops

12,000 laptops are left at security screening areas in the US EVERY WEEK. I wonder what that works out to worldwide. What do they do with those laptops? And I wonder how much business and personal information is floating around on those drives.

Why Everyone Should Have Travel Insurance

Long term travel absolutely means you should have travel insurance. Any type of travel outside of your home country should include some insurance, both medical and travel. If you have insurance through your employer, it may NOT cover anything outside your home country. Don’t make that assumption and find out exactly what is covered before you take off.

How To Bargain In Arabic

This may have been handy in Morocco

Do Solo Female Travellers have it Easier than Guys Traveling Alone?

Another case of pros and cons. Solo women travelers get more protective attention abroad. They also get more obnoxious behavior thrown at them, especially from male suitors who can’t take no for an answer.

If My Plane Is Full Why Is My Airline Losing Money??

I always ask myself that question. This article attempts to show why.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeremy Jones July 21, 2009 at 7:53 PM

I like the arabic one, I have actually seen that article before.

I might add to that list "bikam hadhaa?" is "how much is this"

The way I learned the spelling, "hadhaa" is the same as that articles "hatha." The difference may be with the different dialects or maybe the author just trying to show phonetic pronunciation better, I am not sure.


brian July 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM

@Living the Dream
For those of us that are linguistically challenged these types of articles are great. Even if the pronunciation isnt exact I've found most people are happy that you are making an effort to speak their language. Makes life much easier abroad.


Jeremy Jones July 22, 2009 at 5:13 PM

I agree. If you don't want to learn the language for the amount of time it takes those articles are awesome to just give you the basics. I've been working on Arabic since December and barely know enough to get by with using minimal English [I hope]


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